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1979 Talladega 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 20 of 31
Sunday, August 5, 1979 at Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.1 miles)

Time of race: 3:06:06
Average Speed: 161.229 mph
Pole Speed: 193.6 mph
Cautions: 5 for 28 laps
Margin of Victory: 62 sec
Attendance: 80,000
Lead changes: 34

Glossary    1979 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
19 741   Grant Adcox Adcox-Kirby   (Herb Adcox)Oldsmobile1622,515running5111
281915   Bobby Allison Hodgdon / Moore   (Bud Moore)Ford905,365engine079
30231   Donnie Allison Hawaiian Tropic   (Hoss Ellington)Chevrolet831,515engine073
8 667   Buddy Arrington Rossmeyer   (Buddy Arrington)Dodge1815,960running0142
39 428   Buddy Baker W.I.N.   (Harry Ranier)Oldsmobile411,750engine046
34 121   Neil Bonnett Purolator   (Wood Brothers)Mercury716,025engine4066
112405   Dick Brooks Bearfinder   (Nelson Malloch)Oldsmobile1774,560running0130
143819   Bob Burcham Belden Asphalt   (Henley Gray)Chevrolet1724,480running0121
10203   Richard Childress CRC Chemicals   (Richard Childress)Oldsmobile1795,520running0134
12229   Bill Elliott Yandle / Thermol King   (George Elliott)Mercury1762,865running0127
362764   Tommy Gale Sunny King Ford & Honda   (Elmo Langley)Ford581,725engine055
72147   Harry Gant Race Hill Farm   (Jack Beebe)Oldsmobile1844,815running0146
404124   Cecil Gordon Cecil GordonOldsmobile401,550engine043
161050   Bruce Hill Global Heat Exchanger   (Walter Ballard)Oldsmobile1712,465engine0115
38177   Al Holbert Holbert Porsche-Audi   (Al Holbert)Oldsmobile471,175engine0 
203048   James Hylton Palatine Automotive Parts   (James Hylton)Oldsmobile1593,510running0103
351612   Jack Ingram Kencoal Mining   (Kennie Childers)Oldsmobile701,250clutch058
331544   Terry Labonte Stratagraph   (Billy Hagan)Buick752,300engine064
311471   Dave Marcis Shoney's   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet831,350timing chain070
293314   Coo Coo Marlin Cunningham-Kelley   (H.B. Cunningham)Chevrolet871,590engine076
412887   Dick May Fast Lane Ltd.   (Billie Harvey)Oldsmobile01,050oil pressure0 
183170   J.D. McDuffie Bailey Excavating   (J.D. McDuffie)Chevrolet1633,920running0109
133752   Jimmy Means Mr. Transmission   (Jimmy Means)Chevrolet1754,740running0124
252672   Joe Millikan Appliance Wheels   (L.G. DeWitt)Oldsmobile1206,615engine193
173973   Steve Moore Gilbert Moore   (Gilbert Moore)Chevrolet1702,415running0112
153420   Rick Newsom MARS   (Rick Newsom)Oldsmobile1722,565running0118
211227   Benny Parsons Griffin Marine   (M.C. Anderson)Oldsmobile1463,400engine5105
2 22   David Pearson Lowe's   (Rod Osterlund)Oldsmobile18820,925running17175
91842   Kyle Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Dodge1813,315running0138
41343   Richard Petty STP   (Petty Enterprises)Oldsmobile18611,475running4165
263645   Baxter Price Iron Peddlers   (Baxter Price)Oldsmobile952,620engine085
52577   Jody Ridley Sunny King   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury1866,025running0155
324036   Marty Robbins Marty RobbinsDodge751,325engine067
31190   Ricky Rudd Truxmore   (Junie Donlavey)Mercury18613,920running0165
6 330   Tighe Scott Russ Togs   (Walter Ballard)Buick1868,000running0150
223225   Ronnie Thomas Stone's Cafeteria   (Don Robertson)Buick1433,965engine097
273540   D.K. Ulrich D.K. UlrichBuick922,600engine082
1 888   Darrell Waltrip Gatorade   (DiGard)Oldsmobile18832,325running102185
372939   Blackie Wangerin Blackie WangerinMercury501,350oil pressure052
23 979   Frank Warren Native Tan   (Frank Warren)Dodge1422,830running094
24 511   Cale Yarborough Busch   (Junior Johnson)Oldsmobile1388,015engine1496

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  David Pearson111
  Neil Bonnett243
  Darrell Waltrip551
  Neil Bonnett683
  Cale Yarborough991
  Neil Bonnett10156
  Cale Yarborough16161
  Neil Bonnett17215
  Richard Petty22254
  Cale Yarborough26283
  Neil Bonnett29291
  Cale Yarborough30301
  Neil Bonnett315121
  Cale Yarborough52521
  Darrell Waltrip53586
  David Pearson59624
  Neil Bonnett63631
  Grant Adcox64674
  David Pearson68736
  Darrell Waltrip74818
  David Pearson82832
  Cale Yarborough84841
  David Pearson85851
  Cale Yarborough86861
  Darrell Waltrip87904
  Cale Yarborough91944
  Benny Parsons95995
  Joe Millikan1001001
  Darrell Waltrip1011088
  Cale Yarborough1091091
  Darrell Waltrip11012920
  Grant Adcox1301301
  David Pearson1311333
  Darrell Waltrip13418855

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Darrell Waltrip 3246    
2   Richard Petty 3017   -229  
3   Cale Yarborough 2946   -300  
4   Bobby Allison 2924   -322  
5   Benny Parsons 2662   -584  
6   Dale Earnhardt 2588   -658  
7   Joe Millikan 2564   -682  
8   Richard Childress 2390   -856  
9   J.D. McDuffie 2372   -874  
10   Buddy Arrington 2312   -934  
11   D.K. Ulrich 2279   -967  
12   Terry Labonte 2255   -991  
13   James Hylton 2236   -1010  
14   Buddy Baker 2171   -1075  
15   Frank Warren 2096   -1150  
16   Ricky Rudd 2085   -1161  
17   Ronnie Thomas 1862   -1384  
18   Donnie Allison 1750   -1496  
19   Cecil Gordon 1703   -1543  
20   Tommy Gale 1683   -1563